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obama, 47% to 46%, where both have been tracking since april. the president is hoping for more from his own convention getting under way in charlotte. that's where we find our steve handelsman, live with the latest. steve? >> hi, jessica. good evening. charlotte north carolina, democratic national convention, and democrats, gather in this big southern city there is a bit of a debate under way. should president obama a, mostly run on his record. or b, mostly promise a better second term. it was clear today his choice is a. he need their votes to win ohio, a key battleground. so president obama reminded auto workers at a toledo rally he bailed out the auto industry. i believeden you. i belt on yt on you. i will make that belt any day of the week. and because of that bet, three years later that bet is paeg yi off for america. >> vice president biden made the same point and more. >> osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! >> in charlotte, michelle obama checked out the convention hall where she speaks tomorrow night. outside democrats gathered and debated what barack obama ough
. the election linked to the economy. and jobs are a hot topic. president obama will address the nation this evening. and that will be followed by the jobs report which will be released tomorrow. that jobs report gives us an indication how the economy is recovering or declining. nbc bay area's scott budman joins us now with more details. scott. >> reporter: the news today is in many ways a gift to president obama. better even than a bill clinton or michelle obama speech. this group of numbers on the screen is what democratic operatives have been dreaming about for months. a huge stock market rally going into the president's turn to talk tonight. it doesn't have anything to do with politics, really. it's because of increasing hope for a better economy and a red-hot tech sector here in silicon valley leading to the highest nasdaq close since 2000. even better news and at least bigger news expected tomorrow, that's when the august employment report is released. a survey of economists today predicting fairly strong job growth. that optimism is why stocks went up so much today and it's what
, north carolina. the site of the democratic national convention where president obama says he will offer what he calls a better path forward. nbc's steve handelsman is in charlotte with the latest. >> reporter: arriving in charlotte for the democratic convention delegates from florida will boost their efforts in the biggest battle ground. >> florida is a tough state. it's going to be down to the wire. >> reporter: >> what is nice about the convention it wraps everybody up. >> reporter: charlotte has become a kind of obama fest. >> we're very excited. students in general. >> reporter: college democrats in town grateful the president kept rates low on student loans. >> he helped him, i'll help him. we're in this together. >> reporter: president obama is crisscrossing battle ground states on the way to charlotte. today colorado talking about his gm and chrysler bailouts. >> i bet on american workers and american manufacturing and today the u.s. auto industry has come roaring back. >> reporter: he defended obama care. >> i don't know exactly what the other side's proposing, i guess you call
not have a big impact on americans' political views. the poll comes as president barack obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are increasingly using their facebook page and other social media sites as campaign tools. from most users, researchers say political material is just a small portion of what they post and read. only 36% of those surveyed said social networking sites are very important or somewhat important in keeping up with political views. >>> and you can bet the social networks will be buzzing with political chatter tonight. first lady michelle obama will take center stage at the democratic national convention, just about two hours from now. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is live in charlotte, north carolina. steve, the bar is high for this speech. >> reporter: thanks, janelle. good evening from the dnc. democrats hope michelle obama helps. they know the polls are close. they know the president's likability, according to the polls, has been fading in the past few days. they hope social networks help. they've actually been posting some -- no surpri
it's a sad and precautionary tale about gun safety. >>> president obama's united nations address began with a tribute to chris stevens. mr. obama called on the world leaders to join him in condemning the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke a
>>> right now at 5:00, president obama continues to fire back at the gop following the republican national convention. the latest jabs from the campaign trail. >>> and we catch up with a bay area delegate just days before he attends the democratic national convention. >>> and two bay area homes gutted by a major blaze. how a local firehouse could have made a difference. >>> good evening, to you, i'm kris sanchez, diane is off tonight. we begin tonight with decision 2012. just days before the democratic national convention, republican presidential nominee mitt romney is comparing president barack obama to a failed football coach, but as nbc's steve handelsman reports, the president is firing back as the contest moves to big battleground states. >> reporter: starting a preconvention tour of swing states, president obama went to iowa, where he got his first win in '08 on his way to the democratic nomination. so, he asked, did you watch the republican convention? >> don't boo. vote! >> reporter: mr. obama charged mitt romney and paul ryan offered an obsolete message that lacks specifi
his party's nomination, presidential hopeful mitt romney toured the devastation. president obama will visit monday on the eve of his party's national convention. though the focus of both trips is far from political. >> we're not talking politics. it's not the right time to do that. we're solely focused on recovery efforts. >> reporter: and there are early signs that recovery is on the way. >> it'll be back to normal. it may take a week or two, but it is what it is. it's new orleans. >> reporter: though the task here is big and will be anything but easy. now, the curfew's been lifted here and businesses are reopening as power is restored. the focus now clearly on what it's going to take to recover. live in new orleans, i'm jay gray, nbc bay area news. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. a major cooldown today. temperatures dropping 10 to 15 degrees. let's get a look. 60 in san mateo. we're going to talk about these up and down temperatures that will eventually clear some of these travel delays with our fog. right now the worst delays at san francisco wi
implied today none of this would be going on if mitt romney were in the white house. president obama today, for his part, took a hard line. as anti-american rioting spread through the muslim world, president obama was on hand for the return of the remains of u.s. ambassador to libya chris stephen and his three colleagues, murder bade mob on the 9/11 anniversary tuesday. the president vowed no u.s. retreat. >> making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our grief, we will be resolute. for we are americans. and we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and had hardens. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership. tha
threatened military force. tuesday president obama pushed for a peaceful negotiation. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: both countries boycotted ahmadinejad's speech, staying away in observance of the jewish holiday yom kippur. >> we have to make a statement today. the obama administration did make a statement. we're not going to listen to him anymore. >> reporter: former u.s. ambassador nicholas burns called ahmadinejad's slurs more of the same rhetoric. he also attacked the u.s. presidential election, accusing the candidates of ignoring the 99%. >> translator: are we to believe that those who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on election campaigns have the interests of the people of the world at their hearts? >> reporter: words that are sure to fuel tensions as talks continue inside the u.n. in washington, i'm dannielle lee, nbc news. >>> decision 2012. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. today mitt romney appears to be losing ground in ohio. today's "new york times" cbs poll finds romne
: a day after receiving the bodies of the four americans killed in that attack, president obama sent a signal to the world. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. >> because of security concerns over anti-american violence a state department has ordered that all family members and non-essential u.s. government personnel from posts in sudan and tunisia leave. a travel warning has been issued to american citizens in those two countries. >> thank you very much, kimberly. >>> the taliban says the anti-muslim film is part of the reason for the attack on the camp in southern afghanistan on friday in which two u.s. marines were killed if group has claimed responsibility for that assault. the british royal prince harry who is based there for four months on his second tour of duty was about a mile away when that attack happened. >>> a san jose neighborhood is struggling to cope with the aftermath of a deadly accident. an 8-year-old boy was killed last night when he rode his bike out of a driveway and into the path of an oncoming truck. today friends, neighbors bs and
-camera comment. that came before a planned announcement from president obama. nbc bay area's kris sanchez joins us from the newsroom. chris, the comments, protocol and perception, this could be a bit risky for governor romney. >> reporter: as you mentioned, the presidential candidate mitt romney was very quick to respond. too quick many people say. democrats and even some republicans say this was not the time for politics. in the rose garden this morning, president obama with secretary of state hillary clinton at his side condemned last night's killing of the american ambassador and three of his staff members and promised action. >> we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. and make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> reporter: now before the president ever issued that statement, mitt romney accused him of making an apology for american values and of sending mixed signals in the wake of the attac
headquarters in san jose, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >>> decision 2012. president obama is in new york tonight, and critics are blasting his priorities. the annual united nations general assembly is in new york this week, but instead of meeting with world leaders, the president made a campaign appearance on the talk show "the view." israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had requested one-on-one time with president obama, but instead hillary clinton will handle the private meetings with foreign leaders. president obama is also taking flak for his interview which aired last night on "60 minutes" in which he was asked about the turmoil and violence in the wake of the arab spring. >> i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to bumps in the road. >> these are not bumps in the road, these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: president obama will speak at the united nations tomorrow morning, but with just six weeks until the election, ins
. danielle lead joins us in washington. how does this help or hurt president obama? >> how voters feel about the economy is likely to decide this presidency. and this jobs report is one of the last indicators ahead of the election two months away. >> reporter: these are the workers both presidential candidates are trying to reach. people like dominic who just got hired at new restaurant. >> i happened to be lucky. there are a lot of people struggling. >> those unemployed and disappointed by the lack of jobs created in august. 96,000 down from 140,000 in july. >> i'm trying to remain optimistic. >> reporter: one day after accepting the party's nomination, president obama is campaigning in new hampshire. he acknowledged room for improvement while putting a positive spin on the economy. >> businesses added jobs for the 30th month in a row. we need to create more jobs fast. >> reporter: the unemployment rate has been above 8% for 43 concern months. many people stopped looking for work last month. in iowa republican presidential candidate mitt romney used the numbers to attack the president's job
a closer look at the impact on young families. >>> and we have new details on president obama's trip to the bay area. it will be a concert. we'll tell you where and how much. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. a bit of cloud cover today, and also warmer temperatures. let's take a look. 76 in san jose, and mid- to upper 80s for parts of the east bay. if you're headed out to the giants game tonight against the padres, expect temperatures in the 60s. your full weekend forecast in just a knew minutes. sofa... desk... you know what? why don't you go get some frozen yogurt. i got this. you're so sweet. you got this, right? i do got this. let us get everything off the shelf, and to your home. sofa... desk... you know what? why don't you go get some frozen yogurt. i got this. you're so sweet. you got this, right? i do got this. let us get everything off the shelf, and to your home. >>> decision 2012. presidential candidate mitt romney is on his way to the bay area. in fact, romney scheduled to touch down at sfo within this hour. once he arrives, he'l
attacks and the anti-u.s. protests that continue tonight. president obama is in ohio on the attack against china's trade policies that he says harms u.s. auto workers. and gop candidate mitt romney talked about how he could improve the economy and add 12 million new jobs. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is live in washington with the very latest for us. good evening, steve. >> reporter: hi, janelle. thanks. mitt romney trying to change things up a bit, because frankly, he can look at the calendar. he can look at the polls and see time might be rung out for him in places like florida and virginia and ohio. trailing in state, he needs to win. with conflict reported inside his campaign, mitt romney tried something new, more specific. >> and i'll pursue a 5% cut in nonsecurity discretionary spending on my first day in office, eliminating programs that are not absolutely essential, and also cutting subsidies for things like amtrak and corporation for public broadcasting. >> reporter: romney denied disarray in his headquarters. in an interview with telemundo's jose diaz bellart to air on noticie
voting is already under way in some states, and the latest polling shows president obama is widening his lead. the pew research center shows the president is up 8 points. it shows him leading in several categories including who is honest and truthful, who is a strong leader, and who can deal with taxes better. nbc bay area steve handelsman joins us in washington, d.c. this evening. steve, especially after mitt romney's tax comments and the secret videotape, the tax debate is taking center stage now, isn't it? >> that's right, raj. a lot of republicans are upset. but mitt romney is resisting the demands of many in his own party who have seen the polls, who have watched the video, and who are pushing hard to have their candidate show more warmth and more sympathy to voters who don't want to be told their wrong for using government benefits like social security. mitt romney went to atlanta and stood up to his critics on the issue that has put his campaign in crisis. the record number of americans entitled to government benefits. romney blamed barack obama, who he noted in the late 1990s sai
president obama and mitt romney will suspend their campaigns tomorrow in honor of the 9/11 anniversary. tomorrow also marks eight weeks before election day, and the president now holds a five-point lead over governor romney in the latest gallup poll, a poll which some romney advisers are trying to downplay. nbc bay area's steve handelsman joins us from washington tonight. the race for the white house is contributing even more so in terms of gridlock in congress, correct? >> reporter: they've got their eye on election day, raj, and that's causing more gridlock here, you are correct. whether they're right or wrong, whether it's good for the country or not, politicians in both parties up here believe if it looks like they're compromising on the big issues facing congress now, it could cost their party a win on november 6th. lawmakers in the house and the senate are back after a month-long break with a pile of urgent business. but they're focused first on the elections. >> both parties are looking at public opinion polls, looking at which parts of their agenda are popular, and which part o
romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> the first day of the trial of pope benedict's former butle
in history. we learned today that president barack obama will be back in the bay area for a dash for cash in early october. and tomorrow mitt romney will return to the bay area for a private fund-raiser. the gop nominee will be in hillsboro at the strawberry hills estates. tickets go for up to $50,000 per person. the guest list includes meg whitman, peter mcgowan, scott mcneely and former secretary of state george shultz. the media will be banned from this event. >>> it's the news the entire department was waiting to hear. a san jose firefighter's heart stopped while battling a fire three weeks ago. is now out of the hospital and will be back on the job shortly. he was released yesterday. the 41-year-old went into cardiac arrest while on scene of a fire at st. patrick's church. this happened last month. his fellow firefighters saved his life. as soon as he was released yesterday. he visited the crew at station one, where he's been working for a decade. since his collapse he's never been alone. ryan plans to return to the department in a few months. >>> like firefighters, sheriff's deputie
their current pension plan. >>> recent polls show that gop candidate mitt romney is trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa drawing attention today. because it's the first of a so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategies and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. election officials confirmed the request for absentee ballots in some areas are already up 30% over 2008. >>> he illustrated cartoon bombs, a bright red line and a warning to the world. a warning about iran. today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu described his fears about iran producing a nuclear bomb. now, the international community is reacting. danielle lee has our story. >>> from a fight over the west bank to fears about a nuclear program. benjamin netanyahu spoke at the united nations. >> a great battle is being raged. >> reporter: just one day after mahmoud ahmadinejad accused the u.s. and the west of intimidation. >> a red line should be drawn right here before iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment
: at the white house, president obama participated in a moment of silence. later, at the pentagon he offered hope following a ceremony remembering those killed when a hijacked plane targeted the building. >> no single event can ever destroy who we are. no act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for. >> reporter: those same themes of courage rang out near shanksville, pennsylvania, where a plane crashed while passengers fought to keep it from reaching the capitol. >> have not forgotten the heroism of your husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers. >> so many lost fighting for a country they believed in. and despite the pain, there are signs of healing. for instance, the new world trade tower rising behind me is set to be complete in just over a year. and for many, it's a sign that this city is now trying to move on. reporting live in lower manhattan, i'm daniellelee, nbc news. >> it's a day americans won't forget. >>> coming up, a big change to a bay area tech heavyweight. the way you watch youtube might soon be different. >> i'm kimberly tere live in san carlos, where an educator
to the poll, voters still think president obama is better prepared for the country for next four years. 47% compared to 36% for mitt romney. we want to know what you think. is the country on the right track? call or text your answer to 408-300-9222. press 1 for yes, 2 for no. get the results tonight at 6:00. and just ahead here, the nbc news political team will have complete coverage and analysis on "nightly news" with brian williams in about 25 minutes. >>> san jose's top cop son his way out. and tonight the mayor is going on record about what he thinks about chief chris moore's decision, and its possible impact on the city. nbc bay area's kris sanchez is live at the san jose city hall with more on this. chris? >> reporter: well, janelle, chief chris moore acknowledges there has been a 25% increase in violence and property crimes over last year, and that response times are up. now he at a public safety meeting here tonight at san jose city public hall will say the problem is resources. however, the union and several councilmembers say the problem is politics. nine people were killed in sa
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